KERRY Katona says getting married is no longer “a priority” and she is instead determined to sort out her money troubles.
Asked if she had been forced to can her wedding plans after being declared bankrupt for a second time earlier this month, the Atomic Kitten star, 32, told new! magazine: “Yeah, we can’t afford it.”
But she added level-headedly: “It’s not a priority – as long as we’re together, that’s the main thing.”
And despite the mum-of-four admitting fiancé George Kay is desperate for them to start a family, she said she won’t try for another baby until she is more financially stable.
Quizzed on when she thinks she will be ready to have more kids, Kerry said: “Let’s get our money sorted.”
And George reasoned: “Now might not be the best time.”
Kerry, who posed topless with George for the mag, also insisted she is coping well with the current situation and isn’t going to spiral out of control again.
She admitted that in the past she would have turned to drugs to help her deal with her money woes.
But this time round she claims she is in a completely different place.
She declared determinedly: “You’ll not be seeing a mental breakdown from Kerry Katona ever again.”
The singer, who suffers from bipolar disorder, maintained that she is in fact far from falling apart and is instead feeling “great” right now.
She said: “I have a roof over my head, food in my belly, four healthy children and the love of my life, so I’m great.”
Speaking about her bankruptcy, she revealed: “I had to declare myself bankrupt because of my first bankruptcy.
“In 2008, I got a tax bill but I didn’t have the money to pay it.
“I used my £300,000 earnings from Celebrity Big Brother in 2011 to settle the debt, but then I was hit with a 50 per cent tax bill and administrator fees, which I couldn’t pay.”
But Kerry, who has admitted to being hooked on cocaine during her four-year marriage to second hubby Mark Croft, claimed she won’t let her financial struggle destroy the new life she has built for herself since leaving Mark in 2010.
Kerry, who has completely turned her life around in the past three years, insisted: “I’m not going to sit there and wallow in self-pity.
“If this was five years ago, I’d probably turn straight back to drugs, but I’m in a completely different place now.
“You’ll not be seeing a mental breakdown from Kerry Katona ever again.”
Kerry faced heavy criticism earlier this year for agreeing to become the face of a payday loan company.
But she defended her actions, saying: “I needed the money. You ask anybody, ‘We’re going to offer you X amount of money to do a few days’ work’. Do you think they’re going to say no? No.
“I looked into what they were doing and they were only lending small amounts to people who had jobs. So I agreed to do it. I did it for my kids and me.
“People think I’ve got millions, but my money’s been going straight out.”
Asked if her current situation had heaped pressure on her romance with George, she said: “It has definitely put a big strain on us. If I’m getting worked up, George then gets stressed.”
And George, 34, who was once jailed for blackmail, added: “This isn’t her problem, it’s our problem and we will get through this.”
“It’s just something we’ve got to deal with. It’s a horrible situation, but to me she’s been in worse.”
Kerry also gushed about how different George, who she started dating last September but has known since she was as a teenager, was different from her exes Mark and Brian McFadden.
She said: “He’s better looking for a start! He’s got a good heart. He’s my best mate.
“He’s protective; he cares about me, about the kids. He’s everything I could’ve ever wanted.”
Read the full interview in new! magazine – out now.